The Quiet Voice of Courage

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Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Anne Radmacher

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Let Us Always Remember

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Country Recipe: Kefflins (Butter/Almond Cookies)

(From Vinnie Ann “AJ” Jackson)

My mama (Vinnie Arella Jackson) made Kefflins only for Christmas. She would make them the day after Thanksgiving so they would have time to cure. We had them every Christmas and we never knew where Mama hid the crock, because if we had found it, there would not have been any cookies left for Christmas day. All these years later, I still don’t know where she hid that crock.

Kefflins

1 pound butter

1 cup ground almonds

1 cup sugar

4 cups flour

powdered sugar

Cream butter and sugar, add almonds and flour. Mix and knead with hands. Roll into crescents. Bake at 375̊ on an ungreased cookie sheet until lightly browned. Layer in a crock (or a sealed container) with powdered sugar, and seal for at least a month to cure before eating.

I’ve posted this early in the holiday season so you might have a chance to plan ahead and have enough time for your cookies to cure. What recipe do you make every year as a family tradition?

Can I Be an Optimistic Pessimist?

I tend to be optimistically pessimistic in my view of life. What about you?

Tasty Howl-o-ween Recipes

For a change of pace, I’m sharing some of the yummy recipes I’m going to make for a family dinner that falls on Allhallows Eve. If you click on the photos below, you’ll get the recipes for these super cute, (mostly) super easy, and — undoubtedly — tasty Halloween-themed foods. I’ll add raw veggies and a healthy dip to round out the meal.

What are your favorite scary-good recipes?

Crescent Mummy Dogs

I’ve had my eyes on these adorable mummy hotdogs ever since I found the recipe last year. My granddaughter squealed when she saw the photo — we’ll have fun making dinner together.

Healthy + Cute + Yummy = Happy Moms and Happy Little Goblins (no recipe, but easy to make from the photo -- use regular and mini chocolate chips w/bananas, celery pieces with tangerines or clementines).

Healthy + Cute + Yummy = Happy Moms and Happy Little Goblins (no recipe, but easy to make from the photo — use regular and mini chocolate chips with bananas, celery pieces with tangerines or clementines).

I'm not making the tacos but this spider is just too cute not to use as an edible decoration on everyone's plate.

I’m not making the tacos, but this olive-spider is just too cute not to use as an edible decoration on everyone’s plate.

These witches' brooms combine a sugar cookie recipe with pretzels plus a drizzling of chocolate -- a little extra work but cute.

These witches’ brooms combine a sugar cookie recipe with pretzels plus a drizzling of chocolate — a little extra work but cute.

Witches' hats are another super easy recipe, using pre-made ingredients, that will go together fast.

Witches’ hats are another super easy recipe, using pre-made ingredients, that will go together fast.

Aren’t We All Wanderers At Some Point?

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Do the Hard Work

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A Lesson from Piglet

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Are You Using Your Time Wisely?

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Simple Truth

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